Conference Sessions

A tentative schedule for sessions at the 2018 annual conference is listed below. Speakers for all sessions will be announced in February 2018.

Note: As GFOA continues to refine the program, additional sessions may be added.

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Monday, May 7, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:55pm

There is no question that schedule delays and cost over-runs are bad, but when they occur on a highly visible capital project, the

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:10am

Does it seem like the accountants in your organization speak a foreign language? Come learn how to say "hello" and "I am not an accountant" in accountant-speak!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm

GASB 84, Fiduciary Activities, becomes effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018. Is your government ready?

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm

ERP systems traditionally have focused on finance, procurement, human resources, and payroll. However, governments do much more than what has been labeled as the "core" scope for an ERP project. Governments building a truely integrated system are able to connect with treasury management, utility billing, permitting, work management, inventory, tax systems and more. Attend this session to learn how to create a more efficient enterprise wide system that leverages your ERP system and provides opportunities for other departments throughout the organization.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

Governments that issue tax exempt debt often include their audited financial statements in official statements issued as part of offering process.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:10am

Wellness plans have become accepted as a strategy for increasing engagement, reducing health-care costs, and improving overall employee health, but the results have been mixed. How well do wellness plans really work?

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

The U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement that it will hear a South Dakota case this spring involving the collection of sales taxes from online retail sales is expected to break the current gridlock on an issue that has divided members of Congress.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:10am

Payroll is often the largest single cost object for a government, and good payroll administration is essential for a government's efficient operations, legal compliance, and internal control.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm

One of a government's main fiscal concerns is achieving sustainable funding for its pension and OPEB plans. Failing to fund the plans properly leads to compromised long-term investment performance and, ultimately, higher required employer contributions.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

Pension-related balance sheet and income statements have become increasingly volatile, while regulatory requirements have expanded and become more complex, heightening the risks of incurring large costs.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm

How transparent is your government? GFOA has long advocated for transparency in financial reporting. For governments, this means reporting to a variety of various stakeholders each with unique needs and interests.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 10:20am to 12:00pm

The exercise of budgeting is ongoing and far-reaching. It impacts every aspect of an organization's operations on a daily, if not hourly basis. Budget monitoring and performance management are key tools to regularly examine an organization's operations to identify any potential shortcomings and to find ways to make early course corrections. This session will include examples and dialogue from several organizations on their monitoring and performance measurement practices and how these relate to GFOA's new and recently updated best practices on these two essential topics.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

Governments procuring banking services face a daunting task of understanding the often complex and confusing series of bank service
fees. This session will work to decode the mystery and provide tips for governments to gain a level of transparency in banking service procurement.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

Accounting for Investments is a complex and evolving area of government accounting. GASB has issued at least 15 statements that govern some aspect of accounting and financial reporting for investments.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

How do you use your budget process to best align resources and student outcomes? Strong collaboration between the finance and academic teams is a starting point and plays a crucial role in GFOA's Best Practices in School Budgeting for improving your district's budget process.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm

Popular technology research often overlooks smaller government situations and assumes that smaller organizations have large information technology departments at their disposal like their larger counterparts.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

Becoming a Certified Public Finance Officer is a great way to build and demonstrate your broad base of knowledge that will allow you to move from specialized roles into executive leadership positions in government finance.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:35pm

One of the most profound changes introduced by the Uniform Guidance covering federal grants relates to the reporting on and monitoring requirements for subrecipients.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

As systems become integrated and more government information is housed on the internet, finance officers must be aware of the security risks and mitigating strategies for safeguarding sensitive information.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 10:20am to 12:00pm

Do you want to improve your treasury functions? Are you interested to learn about what differentiates leading governments and finance officers in their treasury responsibilities? This session is designed to provide an overview of treasury management best practices for the non-specialist.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:10am

Every local government strives to engage its employees, but it is often difficult to know what employee engagement truly means for both employees and the organization as a whole.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm

Governments accepting payment cards must be aware of and comply with industry standards to ensure a secure processing environment.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:55pm

The actuarial valuation report is the basic source for information about the funded status of pension and other post-employment benefit (OPEB) plans, especially now that funding information is no longer automatically provided in financial reports.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

GFOA’s Urban Forum provides an opportunity for members of large governments to network and exchange information on topics unique to the demands of managing their large and complex entities.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm

With the implementation of GASB's pension and other postemployment benefit (OPEB) standards, some of the largest numbers and most detailed disclosures in a government's financial statements are calculated by actuaries.